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Jan 20, 2008A favorite quote:
Dec 23, 2017While very brief, this book is a terrific treatise on the importance of the arts from a Biblical worldview, God's design for us to use the arts (both as humans created in His image, and as Christians re-created in the new birth), and our need to reclaim the arts from the secular culture.
Jul 09, 2019A great, short, biblical overview of the arts. I would highly recommend for anyone studying the arts or working in the arts. Also, a great book for students of all interests.
Apr 29, 2012Good, but not quite substantial.
May 30, 2017Delightful essay with some great reflections on Art, the character of God, and human calling.
Apr 03, 2013Starts out sounding like a very simplistic concept with obvious points and narrow scripture references but as the chapters move along the focus becomes deeper and more enduring. The author's opinion is voiced in a couple places that feel unnecessary and caught me up for a second. Luckily they did not detract from the overall message of the book. A good, quick read that is prompting me to read about the references he makes to other authors. This is my life's goal: To make art for God's sake.
May 25, 2013Good and solid but rather light. In my opinion Rookmaaker's shot booklet is much better on the subject.
Jan 30, 2015Art for God's Sake is a manifesto for artists of all types to do what they do for the glory of God, basically debunking the addage that art needs no reason for being, i.e, It's just "Art for art's sake." Not only is the book meant to encourage artists in their calling, it is also meant to give non-artists a short introduction to thinking Christianly about the arts.
Jul 26, 2017Short and simple, yet right on the money. Ryken nails this one - a beautiful defense for a Christian reclamation of the arts.
Jan 25, 2018Lovely booklet on art and calling. Introductory and encouraging without being exhaustive.
Jun 08, 2017It always comes back to truth, beauty, and goodness.
Aug 24, 2017A brief and helpful introduction to a biblical perspective on art. A great place to start. (At least some of the content can also be found in Ryken's commentary on Exodus)
Aug 24, 2018a short and simple little booklet on art and that is should be done to the glory of God
Mar 09, 2019A super encouraging read that has validated my talents and my hope to be able to use them to bring glory to God. This book has reassured me that it can be done!
Dec 06, 2018A must read for any Christian artist. God cares about your art and has called you to it.
Dec 11, 2017The arts
Mar 14, 2019Tiny book. Iâ€™m surprised it is on the Ambleside Online list. Itâ€™s got some good info, but it felt like a skeleton, not a living book. This isnâ€™t one Iâ€™ll hand to my kids unless theyâ€™re specifically interested in the topic.
Nov 16, 2018Short and Rich
Sep 22, 2018Quick read. Enlightening. Appreciated the admission that many Christians value kitsch over quality, that many churches see art as impractical or threatening, and that being an artist is a calling. This book is a much-needed call to quality and excellence for serious creatives who are Believers. Goes well with Mako Fujimura's Culture Care.
Jun 12, 20192019 Book Challenge: Christian Living
Aug 02, 2018Like every short book, it could have been shorter. But Dr. Ryken lays out a very compelling, scripture based argument for the importance of ART. Or God is a creator and He created us to create this that reflect Him. He addresses the sacred/secular divide well, and encourages artists to pursue their God-given calling to make good, true, and beautiful art.
Nov 26, 2018Lovely little book on importance of art from a Christian perspective. An introduction to Christian aesthetics, a discussion on God-ordained art from a biblical perspective, and an affirmation to Christian artists that they can be called and that calling as an artist is divinely affirmed and just as important as others' callings. It is very encouraging to young artists, and is a "call to arms," if you will, about the importance of having true Christian artists on the world stage.
Apr 02, 2019Some excellent points that I really enjoyed. He talks about both the falleness of art and the redemptive power of art as well. Art and artists are no different than the rest of creation and the call of an artist is no lesser or greater than the calling of a priest or missionary.
Feb 19, 2018This was a good book, but perhaps my view was spoiled because I'd taken RC Sproul's 12-week course Recovering the Beauty of the Arts, which was extremely similar in tone and philosophy. However, being 12 weeks and a full-on course, the course was was more deep soI didn't learn anything new. The book was a good overview of how we should approach art as a Christian- not as an extra but as a devotion to God, who IS Beauty.
May 21, 2019I care about the premise of this book. And I don't disagree with anything here, per se--but it's hard to disagree with something that says so little. The takes are all lukewarm at best, and nothing particularly fresh is presented either theologically or in terms of creative theory. In the group of people taking up critical writing in an area where they have no skin in the game--that is, people who write about creative work without actually doing any themselves--there are two kinds: Helen I care about the premise of this book. And I don't disagree with anything here, per se--but it's hard to disagree with something that says so little. The takes are all lukewarm at best, and nothing particularly fresh is presented either theologically or in terms of creative theory. In the group of people taking up critical writing in an area where they have no skin in the game--that is, people who write about creative work without actually doing any themselves--there are two kinds: Helen Vendlers, who can somehow pull it off at the annoyance of the rest of us, and then everyone else. This book goes in the second category. Sorry to B.
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